BGCI’s new report of progress towards target 8 of the GSPC was launched at a side event at COP10 yesterday (19 October). The side event, which also included updates on the progress of national implementation of the GSPC in Japan and Mexico, was well attended and generated some interesting discussions on the value of ex situ conservation. While it was recognised that ex situ conservation is important as an insurance policy in times of global change, the need for such collections to be genetically representative and available for use in recovery and restoration programmes was highlighted. Copies of the target 8 report are availble for download from the BGCI website: http://bit.ly/dtMopc.
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